The World Is Not Ending …

… it just seems like it.

“To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.” R.E.M.

I have been a huge fan since the late-80s and got the chance to see R.E.M. in concert in the summer of ’95 (here’s the set list from that show). ¬†Fantastic night, one that I still remember vividly (despite the people a few rows behind us smoking pot).

R.E.M. was one of my ‘Must See’ concerts – the others being Beach Boys (which I have seen) and Tom Petty (which I have not yet). ¬†I believe I have all but their latest album, a situation which shall, of course, be rectified shortly.

Thanks for all the years, guys.